November 11, 2011

What’s Cooking at The Wellspring School?

WHAT A GREAT CLASS!

Last weekend in Boise, Wholistic Nutrition students had the opportunity to don aprons and roll up their sleeves for two days in the kitchen with Tressa Yellig, Executive Chef and Owner of Salt, Fire & Time in Portland. Tressa kept the students going non-stop with two packed days. Topics covered included -cooking with spices, working with ingredients you have on hand, making tasty substitutions (GF, DF, SF, etc.), re-working traditional Thanksgiving dishes, cooking with different meat cuts, and fermentation. Oh, and lots of tasting!

Needless to say, students left tired but happy lugging jars of homemade ginger ale and goji berry sauerkraut, lots of new recipes  and increased confidence in their ability to make healthy and tasty foods for all kinds of dietary needs for themselves and future clients. Cooking classes are part of our nutrition program and an incredible hands on experience. Probably the best “lab” class you will ever come across. We will be offering additional cooking classes in 2012 so stay tuned.

The next nutrition class is this weekend (11/12 & 11/13) in Portland, Western Nutrition I. Check out our website for a complete listing of classes in both Boise and Portland.

Check out some pics from the weekend below.

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November 8, 2011

Community Classes in Portland Start This Week!

We are very excited about launching our first series of community based self-care classes entitled Nurture Your Soul This Holiday Season & Beyond.  We are bringing together a number of Portland-based practitioners of various modalities and interests to offer a variety of low-cost community classes created to sustain the mind, body and soul through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Classes are a mix of meditation, self-massage, progressive relaxation, building the immune system and nourishing one’s whole self.  We are excited to bring a lot of great practitioners together and bring a healthy close to 2011. We hope everyone can take advantage of these!

All classes will be held at the Portland school location at 214 SE 18th Street, from 6-7PM unless otherwise noted . Advance registration is requested and payment due at beginning of each class.  You can call us at 503.688-1482 or register directly. 

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A brief snapshot of each class is provided below and you can find additional information on our website

COMMUNITY CLASS SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER
9th: Progressive Relaxation & Guided Imagery w/ Rylen Feeney – $10.00
14th: Qigong Self-Massage w/ Jennie King LAc & LMT. $12.00
16th: Holiday Health Survival Guide: Renewing your energy and mood to thrive during the holiday season and beyond! w/Elise Schroeder ND. 6–7:30pm.  $25.00
21st: Pivotal points. Using ancient exercises learn how to rehabilitate our joints and keep them healthy w/ Sylas Navar, LMT, Tuina Practitioner.   $12.00
28th: Acupressure and Massage for Hand, Feet and Shoulders w/Jennie King & Rylen Feeney.  6 – 7:30pm.  $20.00
30th: Progressive Relaxation & Guided Imagery w/ Rylen Feeney – $10.00

DECEMBER
5th: Enhancing the Immune System Using Jin Shin Jyutsu (Japanese  Acupressure) w/ Patricia Blakeslee LAc, RN. 6:00-7:30p,. $25.00
7th: Exploring Your Breath & Managing Stress w/ Michael Guida. $10.00
12th: Fertility Awareness for natural birth control, achieving pregnancy, and reproductive healthw/ Leilani Wong Navar, certified Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner. 6 – 7:30pm. $25.00
14thProgressive Relaxation & Guided Imagery w/ Rylen Feeney – $10.00
19th: Still Points. Exploring your center through movement & standing practices w/ Sylas Navar LMT, Tuina Practitioner. $10.00
October 19, 2011

Meet Bari Mandelbaum – New Wellspring Nutrition Instructor!

We feel very fortunate to be able to work with some very talented teachers. One of our newest instructors, Bari Mandelbaum, CHN, CN, has joined us to teach a number of our nutrition classes. Bari is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Holistic Health Provider, Herbalist, and Somatics Coach. Her areas of expertise include interventions for blood sugar dysregulation, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, hormone imbalance, low libido, digestive disorders, and autoimmune disorders.

Bari was in Boise last month and scheduled to be in Portland in November and December to teach two of our Fundamentals of Nutrition classes. There’s still time to register for Fall classes, by the way!

Check out the below Q&A to get a little more insight into Bari, the field of Holistic Nutrition and a true testament of how big an impact diet can have on health.

Welcome, Bari!

Q: How did you end up as a practitioner in the field of nutrition?

A: I ended up a nutritionist the way many folks end up as health care providers – I was sick and looking for answers.  Back in 1998, my health began an alarming downward spiral. I had been a vegetarian, athlete, self-defense instructor and semi-professional dancer in addition to holding down a full-time job doing crisis intervention and volunteering in several organizations.  In other words, very active, very busy, and doing everything I thought was the right thing, health-wise.

As my health got worse and worse, I started going to my medical doctor to try and get answers and relief.  A year into it, I had only a vague almost-diagnoses, was on 9 prescription medications, and needed a cane to get around.  I had to give up all of my non-work activities and was afraid I was going to lose my job, as every passing day seemed to bring more symptoms and less energy.

I was frustrated and frightened, so I began seeking out alternative health modalities. The first thing I tried that made any significant difference was a diet change.  A friend who was in nutrition school at the time suggested I might be sensitive to gluten. So after grumbling some about how silly that sounded, I stopped gluten as an experiment. Lo and behold, a significant chunk of my chronic daily symptoms were gone within a week.  I wasn’t “fixed”, but boy did I feel better.

I was very enthusiastic and very motivated to learn more at that point, not to mention in need of a career change, so I went back to school to study holistic nutrition.  By the end of my first year of nutrition school, I’d successfully taken myself off all but one of my prescription medications.  By the end of my second year, I was mostly off my cane.  I’ve been in practice now since 2001 and while I need to still be mindful of my health and my level of activity, I no longer use any prescription medications and not only walk, but hike, dance, kayak, and teach nutrition classes among other things!

Q: What is it about your practice today that you find most surprising?

A: My clients are constantly surprising me, both in good and bad ways.  Every time I think I’ve seen it all, someone shows up to the clinic doing something so incredibly outrageous with their diet or health, I am astounded that they’re still alive. And every time I start to doubt the effectiveness of nutrition and lifestyle interventions as a healing modality, the incredible healing I get to witness astounds and humbles me.

Q: How did you choose your areas of specialty?

A: When I was a student and just starting to see a few clients for pay, my very first paying client came in with a diagnosis I’d never heard of before: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I was nervous to be working with someone with a diagnosis, and grateful that she trusted me even though I was new, so I wanted to “do right” by her. I began furiously researching her condition and discovered that PCOS is, at its heart, insulin resistance.  My research became the basis for my student final paper, and then became a community workshop, then became my first article in a professional nutrition journal.  In studying PCOS, I had the incredible fortune to dive really deeply into researching the role of blood sugar in hormone imbalance in women.

This set me up nicely to understand how to work with other manifestations of blood sugar related disorders, such as Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome as well as other hormone related dysfunctions, ranging from PMS to Uterine Fibroids to Endometriosis.  Further research showed me the connection between blood sugar, adrenal dysfunction and mood, which led to my work with stress, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression.

Struggling to understand my own health has led me to do quite a bit of research into food allergies/sensitivities (and substitution cooking and baking!), autoimmune disorders, digestive disorders, fatigue, and the incredibly powerful interconnections between the thoughts, emotions, physical body/physical health, and spirit.  All of these have also become areas of expertise for me.

Q: You’ve been working in this field for over a decade. What have been the most exciting changes you’ve seen? 

A: I’ve seen many changes, certainly!  Fats and fat-rich foods such as eggs, butter and coconuts are no longer demonized the way they once were; there is more intelligent conversation happening about the importance of each macronutrient in balance (carbohydrates, proteins and fats: we really do need all three to be healthy); there is far deeper and more compassionate conversation happening about weight, weight management, the role of obesity in disease states, and the physical AND emotional harm that dieting can cause.

Q: What have been the biggest disappointments?

A: Less encouraging has been the vicious legal fights that have cropped up over the years that threaten to take away our right to practice holistic nutrition.  I was horrified to find out that one of my nutrition mentors Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN was barred from practicing nutrition counseling in her home State of North Carolina.  Legislation was recently passed there limiting who is allowed to practice nutrition counseling to exclusively A.D.A. registered dietitians.  It doesn’t matter that Liz has a PhD, has written numerous books and articles, and has taught nutrition courses in medical schools; she does not have a basic R.D. license and is therefore barred from practicing.

Q: If you could give any advice to someone wanting to enter this field, what would it be?

A: This is such an incredibly rich field.  Every day there is new information, new techniques, new products, new recipes, new conditions to research, new books to read, new controversies or challenges to learn about and explore.  If you are considering becoming a holistic nutritionist, begin by researching the laws in your state, to make sure you can legally practice where you’d like to be living.  Get excited about the information – you are your own first client!

Those of us in the field MUST practice what we preach if our clients are going to trust us enough to try our recommendations.  Try the foods, herbs, products, or lifestyle changes you are recommending before recommending them; see what works, troubleshoot to see where the problems may lie in the implementation.

Be passionate about what you are doing.  I have been a holistic nutritionist for over ten years.  I look forward to going to work and I truly love what I do.  I practice what I preach consistently and joyfully, because I really believe that these techniques work.  And I am a testament to the effectiveness of healthy diet and lifestyle interventions – with every passing year, my health gets better, my body gets stronger.

The best advice I can give to someone entering any field is this: do what you love. I love nutrition and wellness, I love being engaged in people’s healing journeys, supporting folks through their challenges and cheering with them through their successes.  If that sounds interesting and exciting to you, you’ve come to the right field!

Bari received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Stanford University and her four levels of nutrition credentials—Nutrition Consultant, Nutrition Educator, Diet Counselor, and Nutrition Instructor—from Bauman College.  Bari has been working in the field of holistic health and wellness since 2001.

October 12, 2011

Dietary Supplements & Mortality Rate – What’s That About???

Did you all happen to see the somewhat unbelievable slue of articles out earlier this week that stated according to a recent study taking multivitamins could shorten one’s life?   If you missed it, check out the abstract in the AMA Internal Medicine Archives entitled, Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women.  The Alliance for Natural Health has posted a response to the study itself and asks a lot of great questions about the validity of the scientific method applied and subsequent gross generalizations made.

Regardless of your stance on supplementation the bigger issue is how these types of scientifically flawed studies are leveraged in the legislative process and give momentum to the types of bills that would regulate or deny public access to supplementation. We aren’t just talking multivitamins here. These types of studies and corresponding propaganda have the potential to be used against all herbs and supplements.

Below the ANH’s article. Read it!

Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine

October 11, 2011

Did you hear the breaking news last night—that multivitamins may shorten your life? Here’s how junk science from the AMA set off the media frenzy.

Bloomberg phrased it this way: “Multivitamins and some dietary supplements, used regularly by an estimated 234 million US adults, may do more harm than good, according to a study that tied their use to higher death rates among older women.” The study’s authors outrageously concluded, “We see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements.”

Read the rest of the article here!
September 30, 2011

How To Make Coconut Kefir & Open House!

So what does coconut kefir and an Open House have in common? A lot actually!

As part of our overall Wholistic Nutrition Program, we ask our students to constantly try new things and tackle projects where they can explore firsthand the multiple facets of whole foods nutrition. We’re sharing another one of our student projects at the end of this post on making coconut kefir. Coconut Kefir is an awesome source of probiotics, micronutrients and other essential good things for your body. See how a student literally cracks this project wide open!

Now for the Open House Part. We will be hosting a very informal Open House at our school location (214 SE 18th) in Portland next Monday, October 3rd, from 5:00-7:30PM. Click here for directions!

The focus of the evening is to provide an opportunity for any of you who’ve expressed interest in our Wholistic Nutrition Program and/or classes to meet the school directors as well as other prospective students to learn more about the field of wholistic nutrition, career opportunities and our upcoming nutrition classes (which start October 15th!). Find out how you can get in on the fun too! If this is something you’ve been thinking about this is a great opportunity for you to get more information and perhaps even take the plunge and register for classes! There will be prizes, snacks and great fun overall.

Check out our website for more information on individual fall classes that are part of our Fundamentals of Healthy Living class series.

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT KEFIR!

September 13, 2011

Fall/Winter Nutrition Classes in Portland! Sign up now!

 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend kicked of the first in the Fundamentals of Nutrition class series in Portland. There are still 4 more classes coming up, so definitely plenty of time to still register. The next one is October 15th & 16th. You can sign up for one or all of the classes. Each class is $285. If you sign up for 3 classes you get $100 discount. All of these classes are part of our nationally recognized Wholistic Nutrition Program and may be applied towards future certification once the next program level enrollment is offered.  These are great classes for anyone who wants to learn more about nutrition. If you are a practitioner looking for continuing education opportunities or ways to expand your practice, or a person who wants a clearer understanding of nutritional foundations for you and your family, these classes are great!

Check out our website for more information one each class and how to register! Or  simply download our PDX Fall/Winter Classes Registration Form and e-mail (info@thewellspring.org) or fax it to our school office (208.388.0206). Don’t wait! Class size is limited.

 

 

September 7, 2011

Protect Your Consumer Rights for Supplements!

Please take a moment to look into the recent FDA draft guidance issued on July 1, 2011, to comply with the “New Dietary Ingredients (NDI)” notification protocols included in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). These new guidelines potentially impact any and all supplemental ingredients introduced to the market since October 1994. This is a very roundabout complex draft that promises to bog down the supplement industry and make many products (L-theanine, SamE, Rhodiola) possibly unavailable for years.

Don’t be fooled that these regulations are for your protection! They will only serve to support the pharmaceutical industry.  The European Union recently (May 1, 2011) passed regulations that have made nearly all supplements unavailable throughout the European Union. Please help stop this from happening here in the US. Speak up to protect your rights as a consumer.

Keep in mind that properly prescribed pharmaceuticals are estimated to be between the 4 – 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.  On the contrary, statistics published in the U.S. National Poison Data System 2009 Annual Report indicate the number of people killed in 2009 across America by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbal supplements is exactly zero.

For more information on the DSHEA and the related NDI, check out the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH). The ANH is also driving a National Lobby Day (Thursday, September 8th) for all consumers to speak out against NDI.

Comments are currently open till October 3rd, 2011. 

Docket info: Document ID: FDA-2011-D-0376-0001

Document Type: Notice

What can you do!

You can sign a petition here:

comment directly here

You can join ANH and call your Congressman on Sept. 8th (that’s tomorrow!) details here.

You can pass this on, via email, twitter, facebook, linkedin and whatever other social media you use

In addition to the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), below are some additional resources to keep current on this issue:

FDA/Law Blog

FDA

American Botanical Council

August 29, 2011

What Do Late Summer Veggies & Sprouted Grain Tortillas Have in Common?

Lots!  Starting to wonder how you will ever eat all that squash? Tomatoes and peppers over-running your kitchen counters? Always on the lookout for new recipes or ideas for a simple meal?

How about fresh garden veggie burritos with homemade sprouted grain tortillas for dinner? Or scramble together some eggs, chilies and beans, wrap up in a sprouted grain tortilla and top with salsa for a yummy breakfast. Or serve warm tortillas topped with sweet potato, black bean and chevre spread with a salad for a late summer lunch. the possibilities are endless!

Sprouted grain tortillas are really pretty easy to make. Yes, you have to soak and sprout your grains in advance. However, once you’ve got that done you can make a batch of the dough, keep in your fridge for a few days, then take out when you are ready to cook up for your meal. Or go ahead and cook up a bunch of tortillas, keep in your fridge and just warm up to serve whenever you want to use them during the week.

One of our Wholistic Nutrition Program students, Jan B., put together this great presentation on sprouting grains for homemade tortillas as part of a class assignment. We love to see all of the different ways our students tackle their homework!  Check it out.

Don’t forget to check out all of the upcoming Fall Classes in Portland and Boise. There’s a little bit of something for everyone including great nutrition classes, special deals and lots more!


August 2, 2011

Daily Dose I – This Weekend in Boise w/ New Instructor, Jessie Hensley, MS, RD

Anyone taking either the Amma Bodywork Therapy Program or the Wholistic Nutrition Program (WNP) is familiar with Daily Dose classes. Where else can you learn about uses, sources, safety, etc., for vitamins and minerals alongside French Green Clay, Castor Oil Packs and Nettle Tea? This is definitely a unique class packed full of ever evolving information relevant to the holistic healthcare practitioner, nutrition professional or anyone interested in learning more about healthy living. It’s a little different every time and definitely worth repeating!

We are very excited to be offering Daily Dose I this weekend, August 6th & 7th, 9:00-5:30 both days, with one of our new WNP instructors, Jessie Hensley, MS, RD. To give you a feel for Jessie and her approach to nutrition and the upcoming class in particular, we’ve included a recent Q&A with her from our Summer Newsletter. Check it out and if you are interested in taking the class, call the school office to register at 208.388.0206. There are still a couple of spots available. The price of the workshop is $275, but for alumni re-taking it again it’s 50% off!

 

More about Jessie!

Jessie Hensley, a Wellspring Wholistic Nutrition Program Instructor, is dedicated to helping others by exposing them to wholistic health knowledge. She earned her Masters of Science in Nutrition at Bastyr University. Following graduation, she interned at hospitals and became a Registered Dietitian. Currently, Jessie consults with nutrition clients, writes nutrition-related articles, and teaches health topics for Art Institute of Seattle, University of Phoenix, and the YMCA. Jessie will be teaching Daily Dose I in Boise August 6th & 7th.

Q: When did you know this was the path your life would take?
A: I had become increasingly interested in nutrition after years of eating poorly and not feeling very good in my adult life. When it finally became apparent to me that nutrition was such a basic foundation of health, I decided to go to graduate school to study it.

Q: Where are you presently practicing?
A: I am starting my own practice in Seattle this summer, but it doesn’t have a name yet! I’d love to hear some suggestions! I am thinking of something along the lines of “real solutions for regular people.”

Q: How do you challenge yourself to keep up with new knowledge in the field?
A: That is always a challenge, especially in the nutrition field, in which opinions are constantly changing, the media picks and chooses the issues, and new scientific discoveries are constantly being made. To keep up, I read a lot, but I stay grounded by remembering the principles behind traditional nutrition, which don’t really change.

Q: What’s the biggest impact your practice has had on your life?
A: Practicing nutrition has resulted in better health for myself and those I’ve shared my knowledge with.

Q: How did you begin teaching?
A: My first teaching experience was in Japan, teaching conversational English to children and adults. After that, I volunteered as a community nutrition educator during grad school, which was a lot of fun. I also volunteered as a teacher in Ghana. Since then I’ve been teaching undergraduates.

Q: What’s your educational background?
A: My MS in Nutrition was earned from Bastyr University. Upon graduating, I went through a 9-month dietetic internship, to become a Registered Dietitian. During the internship, I worked at hospitals, long-term care facilities, school districts, and community nutrition programs. My BA is in Liberal Arts & Sciences, from Virginia Tech, with concentrations in biology, chemistry, history and journalism.

Q: How does teaching affect your practice and inner life?
A: There’s a saying that you haven’t really learned a subject until you’ve taught it. I think this is very true. I feel that, by teaching nutrition, I can better explain it to my clients. It makes me confident that I know it, inside and out.

Q: How did your life before becoming a teacher prepare to take on the role of teacher?
A: I used to be a pretty shy person, and would never have imagined myself standing in front of a class by choice. I think writing, first for my college newspaper, and then as a freelance writer, helped to bring me out of my shell, as well as giving me experience in clearly communicating ideas to an audience. Moving around a lot and traveling have also helped me become a more social and outgoing person. Both of my parents were teachers at some point, as well, so maybe it’s in the genes.

July 27, 2011

Big News! All Future Wellspring School Amma Programs will be Offered in Portland!

For those of you who missed the announcement in last week’s newsletter, we thought we’d re-print the Director’s Letter for you. Lots of activity and changes at The Wellspring School! We want to make sure everyone is up to speed on what’s happening, because if you’ve been waiting to take a class or attend a clinic that is part of the Amma Program in Boise, now is most definitely the time!

This summer has been a whirlwind of activity for us at The Wellspring School in both Portland and Boise. Our Amma Therapy clinic is underway in both locations. In June we hosted all WSHA Amma students in Boise for a three-day intensive with Rylen (picture), and we have another one planned for August.  We held an evening event for the Wholistic Nutrition Program (WNP) students, past and present, featuring a lively panel discussion led by alum practitioners, Anne Woodhouse, Kim Rene, and Alisha Smith, in addition to Rylen and Rachael.  We are excited to welcome two new WNP instructors to Boise in the next couple of months. Jessie Hensley and Bari Mandelbaum will be teaching Daily Dose I (August) and Eat to Live I (September) class weekends respectively. Yes, we are busy!

Rylen and Rachael also met in Portland for a planning session to talk specifically about, “What’s Next for The Wellspring School?” We have been working diligently with the Oregon Department of Education to formally establish our school presence and program offerings in the state. We are hopefully approaching the home stretch in that process and once completed we will be publishing our 2012-2014 Portland programs and classes calendar. In conjunction with this process, we also still plan to launch the first Wholistic Nutrition Program in Portland this fall, pending final approval of the Oregon Department of Education.

With all of this underway comes a very big decision for us regarding the Amma Bodywork Therapy Program. Since its inception in 1995, The Wellspring School has matriculated over 100 students into the Amma Bodywork Therapy program in Boise. Very exciting! It is our goal to continue to fine tune this program as a whole as well as evolve components to provide a robust set of CEU/PDA offerings for existing practitioners and public attendees. To make this happen we have evaluated teaching resources, student interest, public demand and opportunities for positive growth. The end result is that we’ve decided not to offer the Amma program again in Boise. Instead we will focus our energies on the future development of this program in Portland specifically.

We hope to bring class sizes back up to the double digits as well as take advantage of the broad set of holistic healthcare practitioners available within the larger Portland metro area. We’d also like for Rylen to spend less time on the road and more time in the classroom. That means that the current Amma Program Group13 is the last group that will graduate from The Wellspring School in Boise! Go, Lucky 13! Make sure to take advantage of Amma student clinic through December, as it will be the last one in Boise! 

We are still going strong with our Wholistic Nutrition Program in Boise, and as mentioned we plan to kick off the next one in Portland this fall. The current Boise WNP group will be hosting a great public event followed by clinic next spring, so stay tuned on that. As always, WNP classes are open to other attendees, space permitting. If there’s a class you’ve been wanting to take that’s part of the Amma Program, especially one taught by Rylen, now’s the time to sign up. Check our upcoming classes page for dates/instructors for Additional Techniques – Asian, Daily Dose, Eat to Live I & II, etc.

All alumni can take classes as a repeat for 50% off! We hope that our Boise Alumni will take advantage of the proximity to Portland and join us for some dynamic upcoming workshops or if there’s a class you wish to take again.  In October, current WSHA Amma Students from both locations will be meeting in Portland for an evening of Taoist Thought and a weekend of Chen Tai Chi with Bill Helm. We are really grateful for the opportunity to have brought Amma Bodywork Therapy to so many people in the Boise community to date. We hope that all of you that have been coming to The Wellspring School as clinic clients, students and teachers will continue to enjoy and promote the benefits of this incredible modality in Boise and beyond!

-Rachael & Rylen

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